HPL Volunteer Services

HPL Quarterly Author Events

Please join us for our Quarterly Author Events, celebrating new works from award-winning, best-selling authors! Staff has requested 5 volunteers to provide support for the events through assistance with various activities that include: Event set-up; providing directional assistance, greeting guests, managing the lines for book signings and sales, and event break-down.

Author Talk with Mimi Swartz
Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
Houston, TX 77002
Tuesday, August 7th | 6:30 PM - 8 PM

HPLQ with Attica Locke
Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
Houston, TX 77002
Wednesday, August 29th | 7 PM - 9 PM


Students, parents, working people, retirees, anyone fourteen years of age and over can help Houston Public Library deliver a variety of quality services to its public of over two million area residents.


Mentors, research assistants, crafts assistants, after school zone mentors, docents, tech squad, internships, ESOL teachers and shelving assistants are some of the volunteer assignments.


Central Library, Special Collections libraries or any of 40 other convenient locations serving Houston neighborhoods.


Volunteers are needed seven days a week, whenever the Houston Public Library is open. Evenings and weekends are the busiest times, but the library can accommodate most schedules. You may also assist as a seasonal volunteer during spring break, summer or holiday season. 


Community needs for Houston Public Library's educational, recreational, and informational services are continually increasing. Working together, volunteers and paid staff can help meet these increased demands despite a limited budget. Not only can volunteers help the library -it's a two-way street. Volunteers acquire new skills, meet interesting people and experience the satisfaction of sharing their talents with others.


Special effort is made to match the interests of volunteers with their work assignments. Explore opportunities to work with children, share library information, process materials, or assist with special projects. Volunteering at Houston Public Library is one way you CAN make a difference!

Call Volunteer Services at (832) 393-1481 or send us an email. Submit your application to volunteer at Volunteer Initiative Program. For group projects, please complete a request on behalf of your organization.